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Those who have seen the movie The Ringer, did you find it tasteless?

Asked by rangerr (15765points) November 22nd, 2009

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Summary of the movie for those who haven’t seen it:
A non-handicapped man pretends to be handicapped in order to win the Special Olympics for the prize money.
A lot of the cast are people with real-life mental disabilites and handicaps.

My sister is severely disabled, so I’m pretty protective of the disabled community.. I don’t tolerate jokes or insults about them I’m not a fan of the word “retarded” used in a context that’s not medically correct either..

I’m watching this movie now, and I can’t decide if I like it or hate it.
I feel like it’s horribly offensive and is using their mental disabilities as joke.
But at the same time, I know nobody would let them film the movie if they weren’t happy.. so I know these people had to have had the time of their lives filming this.

Am I just over-thinking the movie or is it tasteless?

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11 Answers

faye's avatar

My brother was handicapped and he would have loooved being in a movie. I haven’t seen it but I’m all for educating the world that handicapped people are people, too.

Syger's avatar

I found it did play off the disabilities a bit too much, but it was an ok film otherwise.

jonsblond's avatar

I thought I would be offended by the movie when I first saw it but it surprised me. It really has a great message.

I would be more offended by There’s Something About Mary.

give it a chance

Johnny Knoxville is attractive btw

rangerr's avatar

I haven’t finished it, but I DID like the fact that Knoxville’s character admits that it was wrong.
That last tag was supposed to say “either way”. He’s a real hottie.

AstroChuck's avatar

I have a grandson who is special needs and I don’t have a problem with the movie at all. I thought it accurately showed what many people’s mindsets are really like regarding the mentally handicapped. I think finding offense at some of the terms used in the film is akin to having a problem with the N-word being used in Roots.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It has Johnny Knoxville so at the very least, you know it’s not going to win an Oscar.
Without having seen it, it looks very lowbrow so I avoided it on that basis.
I really doubt it was intended to deride the disabled community though anymore than South Park was with their Timmy character.

AstroChuck's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic- It’s actually a pretty good, and poignant film. I think it might surprise you. Plus Katherine Heigl looks hot in it.

avvooooooo's avatar

Its kind of a morality tale. Which would be its redeeming quality.

Its a Johnny Knoxville movie, its not going to be mature or anything, and I think it could have been far worse and far more disrespectful than it was.

knitfroggy's avatar

I thought the movie was funny. I figured since there were actual special needs people in the movie it was ok. I hate the word retarded also. It makes my skin crawl to hear someone use that word!

kruger_d's avatar

An excellent flick. They actually worked with consultants from the Special Olympic throughout the process. I think they did a terrific job of showing that people with disabilities have the same vast range of human faults, frailties, illusions, humor, talents, and virtues as any other population.

nascar45's avatar

I thought that movie was ok it had Bill Chott in it from wizzards of waverly place a t.v. show on Disney Channel I don’t know if he is disabled or not but I was really pleased that they had people in it that are disabled to have people see what they go through I have a uncle that is very disabled and I take things very seriously about that and I don’t want people to make fun of them because that isn’t right and I don’t think in this movie they weren’t making fun of them.

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